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Northern Chinese breakfast, really.

I don't know why chow mail alert told me that I am part of this discussion, but glad to read the update. As for out of the loop, I've gotten lazy and don't make it out of my Jackson Heights area very often. I should go taste Flushing offerings again. Thanks for the info filled update.

And, as for the A Bourdain reference. Often his show is on the tv when I am in the laundrymat and interesting to that my Nepali and Korean and Colombian and so on neighbors task on him is not dissimilar to my own.

Oct 15, 2013
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

Anyone know anything about Balkanika coming soon on 9th Ave in HK?

I look forward to trying Gazala Place as suggested by Pan but I must admit I stay away from the dishes at Balkanika that intersect with the menu at Gazala Place. It is the soups and stews and booze that I've had and enjoyed. But I must admit that I didn't previous comment on a beef/eggplant augratin that was pretty boring from a cheese point of view.

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Gazala Place
709 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Balkanika
691 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Feb 02, 2011
wrayb in Manhattan

Anyone know anything about Balkanika coming soon on 9th Ave in HK?

I've gone there 3 times now and have enjoyed my meal each time. First time got the 16 spread sampler which was interesting but as confusing as helpful to explore the choices. I echo another poster here that it seems they are a bit light on the spices. Still good. Service good and though they are substantially a wine bar (seems good bottle prices), my mate don't do wine so we've enjoyed good beer with the meals. Hot soups and stew (guvech) were hearty tasty and filling. This place will continue to be on my short list when I'm in the neighborhood.

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Balkanika
691 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Feb 01, 2011
wrayb in Manhattan

Roast Goose?

Recently went to Heidelberg and liked the goose. The first time for me so I'm no expert but I liked it and the Oktober fest amber beer. Quaffed!

Dec 29, 2010
wrayb in Manhattan

onion too pungent in guac. . . now what?

right on target. I searched for suggestions to try to salvage my 4 gallons of pumpkin soup being overwhelmed by too much too pungent onion. 1 cup of fresh squeezed lime juice (though I will be missing the home made with love (love of tequila and lime) margaritas for which it was originally squeezed) has indeed taken the edge off the too present sulfurous taste.

Yes, though I started the search using your neighborhood friend dominate search engine it sent back here where we find comments from people who care, people who've been there. Thank you.

Dec 16, 2010
wrayb in Home Cooking

Duda's in Fells Point

The tequila shrimp were basic but good good. The crab cake entree, one tennis ball size crab cake that was 70 or more percent crab. very good. steamed mussels good enough, beer prices very reasonable. even like the raspberry almond cheese cake the wife ordered. Very informal, great place. Will go back when next in Baltimore when I can.

I raised a clipper ship in salute to those serving out country.

Duda's in Fells Point

If you see a tall skinny guy with glasses and hat in the company of short skinny Asian lady without glasses you will know that they are there toasting safe return for your brother (and enjoying Bawlimor perfection according to your suggestion).

Manganaros Foods v Manganaros Hero-Boy...

And really nothing much has changed in the last 20 years at these places.

Jan 14, 2010
wrayb in Manhattan

Manganaros Foods v Manganaros Hero-Boy...

Post feature on No Reservations I walked over at lunch for my first try. I knew nothing about these places before last night tv viewing. My dining companion didn't like the age funk of Manganaros Food so we went to Heroboy not knowing they are not the same business. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. I had rigatoni with a splash of tomato gravy and the breaded chicken breast topped with spinach sauteed with garlic and a slice of mozz cheese. My co-worker chose a procieuto/mozz/tomato hero. We had a glass of house red.

I liked what I got, particularly the spinach/garlic. The chicken was good enough and the pasta (cooked or finished to order so I had to wait a few minutes) nicely al dente but completely cooked. Co-worker like his hero as well. He was complimentary on the bread, as crisp crust and soft but not doughy/too soft inside.

We wandered over next door where I bought some cheese but attempt at friendly conversation with the sister working the register prompted rancor: "we were famous a hundred years before TV" "...all the Thais, the Mexicans, all getting the dollars..." (the later came unprovoked from us and we just let it lay...) It wasn't until back in the office and remarking to another co-worker that we heard that the two Manganaro's are not affiliated businesses and so I googled my way to here.

I did like what I got from Heroboy. I will go back. Also I will go try the funky old restaurant in the food store. Glad to learn of such good tastes if I just walk 1/2 block more for lunch.

Sep 30, 2009
wrayb in Manhattan

Great fondue??

Thanks for that link. I've been thinking of going to Artisanal for a while and the other said Fondue this weekend so we are there.

Feb 20, 2009
wrayb in Manhattan

CHIKUBU's friday shoyu ramen for lunch

A place that I like better than Sapporo is Menkuitei Larmen which is on 56th between 5th & 6th Ave, closer to 6th Ave. They have a variety or noodle dishes and a few rice dishes. Gyoza are pretty good too.

I like Chikubu's Friday special as well, but it get high points mostly because of a lack of competition.

Aug 25, 2006
wrayb in Manhattan

Zabb Thai Now In The East Village

yes, that menu is nothing like at Zabb in Queens. I wonder what gives.

Aug 25, 2006
wrayb in Manhattan

Late-Night Indian Food in Jackson Heights...

Yes, beside the breads it seems they do well with spit or tandoor roasted fowl or fish (fried too, I guess). Although I had fish one time that was on the dry side. It is a funky informal place but I go for taste.

Aug 16, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

A question about authentic tacos . . .

carne asada is a good choice to get flavorful meat (grilled beef) with no marinating or heat added at the cooking stage.

Aug 16, 2006
wrayb in General Topics

Late-Night Indian Food in Jackson Heights...

For kebabs or things you order in the back restaurant area, they may be ok, but the one time I tried the buffett (on a weekend late afternoon) at Khan Baba Restaurant' was the worst I've had in Jackson Heights. The clean bright dining area may seem attractive but my experience was near tramatic at the taste level.

For late nights, Kababishi on 74th is good (I think they are open 24 hours). Service is disjointed but the flavor is there. You make your order at the counter and depending on the circumstances it will be delivered to you at your table or not. I got the best tandoor chicken I've ever had from there this weekend for take out. Much more piquant than any I've had before. They also have a distinctive variety of naan. The garlic and the sesame are my fave. Their food all tends to be highly spiced, which to me is a good thing.

Aug 16, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

parathas!

Yes, Ive seen the Delicious brand of breads in Patel's and Subzi Mandi but didn't notice they have their business so close by in Corona. For some reason I thought they were way out in Long Island. I think the key to the goodness is the freshness as well as the product itself.

Jul 19, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

parathas!

OK, I'll see if I can walk down there and see what their affect may be on me.

Jul 18, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

Frustrating night at Om Tibet

Too bad. I went there a few times last fall and didn't experience any pressure like that. My service experience overall was just ok, nothing. The food was fine, but I generally prefer Himilayan Yak.

Jul 18, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

Real Indonesian ?

Peter: you keep posting that link to the avocado shake with chocolate. I can hear it calling my name...

Jul 14, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

Jim Leff wimps out on the stinky tofu

I have had 3 or so variations of fermented tofu. Some very firm some more silky/slimy. Don't know enough to correctly ID them, but I do know that one variety I had at a Taiwanese restaurant in Boston went beyond my limits of comfort. Pungency way beyond any runny stinky cheese I have experienced.

As for natto, there is variation in flavors there, too. I do agree that it is more of a slim issue than pungency issue.

And, Gary, thanks for posting that link. Good reminder of the delights to be found when I next visit Toronto.

cheers.

Jul 14, 2006
wrayb in General Topics

To Start a New Thread or Not Start a New Thread?

yes!

Jul 09, 2006
wrayb in Site Talk

Changing Topics, Etc.

15 minutes is ok, just enough time to see an unnecessary typo or missing info and to fix it. I think it's an excellent feature.

As for changing topic, didn't realize that was possible beyond the 15 minute edit period.

Jul 09, 2006
wrayb in Site Talk

Polls

I agree with limster, polls are too restrictive. best to have aggregate of impressions. new better now working search function helps in building that aggregate.

Jul 09, 2006
wrayb in Site Talk

Indo-Pak pizza at Famous Pizza in Jackson Heights?

Are you (and Sietsema) talking about Elmhurst Famous pizza (which does have an Elmhurst and a Jackson Heights location)? The pizza there is ok, I got the Indo-Pak once. I dunno, for me the indo-pak is a curiosity but hardly "a destination" item. It might be ok as part of a stroll through Jackson Heights "Little Indo-Pak-Benga-Nepa Town." I like their other pizzas better. The little individual pizza portion makes it good for ordering a couple types of pizza and sharing.

Jul 09, 2006
wrayb in Outer Boroughs

Testing Hot Posts

Today is the first time I've tried this new version of Hot Posts. I experience no issue with seeing topics from previous visits (using Opera 8.54).

I've seen the request for individualizing hot posts based on login to see whatever selection of boards we would prefer. That would be a nice touch but can understand that it might be a significant effort to pull off.

One perhaps simpler request: that all topic links open into a new page when clicked. I've notice that links embedded in comments open in new page, seems fairly straight forward for you to do the same with the hot posts topics.

cheers.

wray

Jul 05, 2006
wrayb in Site Talk

New York Times article on high fructose corn syrup

Thanks for the link. For me, hfcs content tends to remind me that I will be getting a product containing more "empty calories" than flavor. I don't think this because of bio-chemistry realities, more of a matter of manufactured vs. cooked cultures and the trends/habits involved.

Jul 05, 2006
wrayb in Food Media & News